Cookie Christmas Tree
My Christmas Cookie Tree.
It was a challenge and came out a bit messy but it is still impressive, even if I do say so myself. Practice will make perfect.
The kit to make it was given to me as a Christmas present. It has 10 star cookie cutters graduating in size. But if you wanted to make it without the kit you could possible make rounds or squares using a knife. You will need 2 of each size, making 20 cookies it all.
Anyway I followed the suggested recipe which is entitled Grandma’s Gingerbread Recipe. I think it is an American gingerbread recipe since the kit is a Wilton product, “Christmas Cookie Tree Kit.” It contains, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Different from the English Gingerbread. But my grandkids liked it.
The cookies came out strong, which is what I wanted. You are supposed to ice them and wait for it to dry. I started icing them with the recommended icing recipe, also included in the kit, while it was white. I forgot to put in the green colouring. I wanted green cookies and then I was going to put white stars on each point. And as you can see, it is the opposite way round. Never mind it came out ok. My problem was I was impatient and thought they would stick together while they were wet. So I began to build my tree. Yes, they stuck but did begin to slide, so I had to hold it as straight as I could until it dried some. I thought I got away with it until someone wanted to eat it. We found that the cookies were cemented together and broke when an attempt was made to take a cookie off. If I had followed instructions and put a dot of icing on each cookie after it had dried, it would have been better. Now let that be a lesson to you all if you attempt one!! Ha ha.
Isn’t that what food blogs are for, helping home cooks? If you can learn by my mistakes, all the better eh?
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend some time with your loved ones.
And if you want the recipes for this Christmas Cookie Tree. Just let me know and I will post it.